Archive for July, 2011

California Engagement Shoot | Lars + Heather

Friday, July 29, 2011

Highway 46 Engagement Shoot | Chris + Jana

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Some of the most famous roads in this country are made famous by their shopping, such as Miracle Mile, Santana Row and 5th Avenue, but this region road is famous in my world because of its diverse beauty.  Dotting this region are hundred year-old oak trees that bring coolness to the summer hear.  Farms with organic produce that will end up at Artisans or Thomas Hill Organics, amazing award winning local restaurants. As you drive further, there are endless hills and valleys of vineyards and walnut orchards that have been around for ages.

Chris grew up in Socal but around decade ago moved to the Paso Robles wine country region of the state.  His father runs Chateau Margene, for which produce my favorite wines in the central coast region and I put my money on them against a Napa cab.  Chris helped form his own line, Mooney Family and is an excellent winemaker and enjoyable to sit down and talk with.  I highly recommend their Reserve Pinot Noir.  Jana is his summer sweatheart who is smiling, bubbly and reminds you of why you love family.  After chatting with her for 5 minutes you feel like you’ve known her for years.  She teaches school up in San Miguel and has a heart for kids.  They are a sweet couple and we had a very relaxing day venturing through this land God created to capture these images.

I’m looking forward to capturing their wedding this fall at their estate nestled among the warm colors of the surrounding vineyards.  Here are some of my favorites from the day!

Keswick Vineyards, Virginia Portfolio, Wedding | Chase + Jaime

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

As I drove out from the big city, near Washington DC, I headed out to smaller suburbs, then to more rural tows, and I begin to see spaces between towns, and then mile markers, and times where I thought I may have been lost, only to come up on an intersection that someone would refer to as “turn left at the old red barn”.  This kind of place is where you despite the tourist feeling entering in, once you meet a friendly neighbor passing by, you feel like a local.

As I drove south, deeper into Virginia and past the big college and towards the Appalachian mountains, the hills started to look more tuscan and a few of the 154 vineyards passed by on the drivers side.  I felt at home.

Chase & Jaime stumbled upon the 400 acre Keswick Estate whose land grant dates back to 1727.  The beautiful historic home built in 1911 is rich with history dating from the colonial and revolutionary days.

Chase & Jaime are a genuine and dynamic couple from the middle of the country.  from their shoot earlier this spring in Boulder, Colorado.  I learned a lot about them.  Chase is a youthful, energetic and very caring guy.  He makes you feel like family, which is what everyone invited felt like.  I love how Chase makes you feel loved.  Jaime is his sweet wife.  She is timeless, distinct and thoughtful.  The one thing I must include about this couple is they love to laugh.

The humidity and slight cloud cover made for a beautifully warm day with amazing light.  It was a perfect blend.

Here we were prepping for the 1st look along the entrance to the estate.  Such a beautiful old fence and these trees must have been a few hundred years old as well.

Ever since I had my little daughter, I have been thinking about what it must feel like for a father to take your daughter whom you are so proud of down the isle. Jaime is such a great person and her father raised her well.

What a beautiful setting!  I snuck up to get this vantage point which took much effort and secrecy so that I was undetected.

The vintage style tent with bistro lights was a great setting for the reception in the middle of the vineyard.

You guys are wonderful.  Thank you for including me on this marvelous day.